Having received his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Education Painting Department in Çukurova University, Adana in 1999, Cengiz Tekin (1977, Diyarbakır) uses photography and video in his artistic practice. Discussing the rooted social matters such as tradition and family, the artist specifically focuses on both the local and the global political agenda. Through documentation, Tekin unveils the irony behind the trusted routine and presents the uncanny forms that cause interruption. Generally departing from his own experiences, the artist draws attention to the issues of taking shelter and seeking refuge, which he approaches as a global urgency.
His most recent solo and group exhibitions include The Wall On The Sky, Atelier Marvy, Izmir, Turkey (2018); Just Before Paradise, PİLOT, Istanbul, Turkey (2016); 6th Ural Biennial, Thinking Hands Touching Each Other (curated by Çağla Ilk, Misal Adnan Yıldız and Assaf Kimmel) Yekaterinburg, Russia (2020); Up in Arms (curated by Ayşe Güngör, Cassandra Mehlhorn, Gabriela Seith, Amalie Sølling-ørgensen, Johanna Werner), Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin (2019); A Pillar of Smoke at Turkey’s Contemporary Scene (curated by Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu and Yann Perreau); Arles Photography Festival, Arles, France (2018), How Will The Weather Be Tomorrow? Between Bridges (organized by Özlem Günyol and Mustafa Kunt), Berlin, Germany (2017); Radical Atoms, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria (2016); Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI, Roma, Italy (2015); Beautiful Game, Ljubljana City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2012); and Free Kick, 9th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2005), among others. Cengiz Tekin, who lives and works in Diyarbakır, is the co-founding manager of the Loading Art Space, which has been operating since 2017.